dogs and cars

why do dogs get run over by cars?  since I’ve been worried about Cici the last few days because of her leg that was injured in a car accident a few years ago, you’d think that was why I am finally writing about this…but no, it is because my Facebook friend

My daughter told me yesterday that the street dogs in Argentina are smart. They look both ways before crossing the road…

which prompted me to think of how Cici looks into the cars and sees the people and wags her tail at them… in April, Cici was spooked after getting run over by a SUV, she was thankfully NOT hurt, the SUV just went on top of her, but it scared her and she ran off and it was a harrowing experience for ALL… she spent the night at the SPCA, thankfully some kind folks took her there. But I learned not to trust my roomie to watch her. I did not know that she was even outside when this happened.

Googling this, I could not really find much about WHY dogs get run over…what is it about canines that they do not understand the danger that cars present to them???

Friends DO NOT LET dog friends, dog child(ren), fur babies, roam loose…


This talks about runaway dogs and why they roam…

As many as 1.2 million dogs are killed on U.S. roads each year. Many are chasing something–a ball, a child, a cat, a squirrel. When you see anything enter the road that a dog might chase, look for the dog!

there are other reasons I would venture to say…

perhaps the dog is not listening to its owner, nor paying attention to traffic, they need to be trained and taught.

or a dog is so super people friendly they do not get that they can get hurt by a car because people drive them.

The majority of dogs hit by cars are running loose. Keeping your dog on a leash can prevent a lot of unnecessary trauma for pets and owners. Many dogs are run over by their owners as they pull into and out of their driveways. Putting up a fenced enclosure or keeping your dog inside helps prevent this.

The number-one cause of canine emergencies is automobile accidents. The term used by vets is ‘HBC’ meaning ‘Hit By Car’. Some dogs in automobile accidents just end up with minor wounds, bruises, or lacerations. Most dogs, however, end up with broken bones and/or other internal injuries. Regardless of how a dog appears to look externally, if he has been hit by a car then he should be examined thoroughly by a vet as soon as possible.

Cars killed about 5.4 million cats per year in the early 1990s, ­­more than were killed in U.S. animal shelters! Since then both the roadkill toll on cats and the shelter toll have plummeted, to about 500,000 and 2.5 million, respectively, but only because the advent of neuter/return programs has markedly reduced the feral cat population. Most roadkilled cats are hit at night. Typically cats know cars are dangerous, but confuse the beams from your headlights with your car itself. When the lights go by them, they think it’s safe to dash out. Expect them to make this mistake and you’ll be prepared to react if they do.

tips on what to do if your dog gets hit by a car, God forbid… if your dog goes into shock, Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy can help relieve the symptoms discussed in the article below, pale gums, shallow breathing, etc.

more tips…

If you have a run away dog, you need to train your dog. Except for the last paragraph, here is some info… after cici got hurt, I worked with her on coming to me when I called her… she still has issues but knows if i yell STOP, she is to do it and will do that immediately. Getting her to come, often times relies upon her knowing she is going to get fed or treats. Otherwise, she is too busy sniffing around for fun stuff to do, get into, and grass to roll around in.

Training begins at the door… I use STOP not stay, but whatever works…


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7 responses to “dogs and cars

  1. A friend of mine just ran over his over dog with a tractor and killed her. I can’t imagine anything worse. Miguel will chase cars if he’s off leash in a rural area. Nothing will deter him so I just have to keep him on the leash. I wish I could figure out how to break that habit.

  2. Three years ago I took my three dogs to a park where the road was blocked off. I thought it was safe because there would be no cars coming through. They loved to chase squirrels and I thought this would be a chance for them to run free and safely without the risk of being hit by a car. Throughout the afternoon they would run off and come back to check in, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. They all checked in, then all ran off again to chase more squirrels. But then only one of them came back. I searched and searched for the other two. Two days later I got a call from the Dog Warden that one of them had been found at a farm several roads away. Boy was I relieved, but I still drove around searching for the third. Three days later I got a call in response to the newspaper ad I had placed, that a dog I had described had been found on the highway. Hit by a semi-truck. Dead.
    I can’t know 100% that it was her, but she’s been gone all these years. In other words, either she didn’t know better than to stay off the nearby highway or she went on the highway on purpose. Of the three I have remaining, he doesn’t know that cars and roads are dangerous. He should. Certainly we have worked on that in training. All the same, each time I walk him I am glad I have him on a leash. No matter how safe it seems to have a dog off leash, it isn’t. All three of those dogs should have known that it wasn’t safe to cross a street, and none of them did. Two of them are gone now, and the third, after years of intensive training, still doesn’t understand that cars kill.
    Never, ever, take your pet’s safety for granted. Even if it seems safe, assume that it’s not. If it seems like there’s no possible way for them to be sick or injured, assume that there are a billion ways. Be over protective. Deny them fun. Deny them the opportunity to run. Deny them the chance to do what they love. They cannot come back once they have run off. They cannot be resurrected. They cannot be safe unless they are under your complete control at all times. Believe me, I feel sad for my one remaining dog that cannot enjoy the out of doors unless I am hyper vigilant, unless I am ever watchful, but I have already lost his father and his sister because I wasn’t controlling enough. I will not lose him. If he suffers from my phobia, at least he will have a long life of suffering rather than a short life of me not caring enough. I messed up, horribly, unforgivably, twice; I will not mess up again.

    • There’s no such thing a dog “should have known”. Dogs have entirely different brains from us, significantly more area devoted to their sense of smell, and their noses and snots and senses of smell are entirely superior to ours. They have been bred for hundreds, if not thousands, of years to follow a scent. We cannot expect them to do as humans would be expected to do (and even many humans don’t learn….).

  3. The better question is why if you are doing your job as your a dog owner, would dogs understand that cars can kill or hurt them?

  4. Jennifer

    I had a Beagle mix when I was a child and she lived with us since she had been a puppy. She liked to chase cars and one time the screen door was not totally closed and she went outside and was hit-thank goodness she was not badly injured. I have no idea why she liked to chase cars but she did not go on many car trips only to go to the vet and she was afraid of the vet-would shake and hide under the chairs.

  5. Wendy

    What I have done to teach my dogs. Is put them on a leash & bring them to the car with engine on & reve engine a few times. My dogs already think car rides mean vet visits now so they are not so keen on getting close to a car either way which has created another problem but I would rather be safe than sorry.

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